Aquarius overhears Italian Military Aircraft calling merchant ship on channel 16, giving it orders to divert to position 33°12’ N, 014°03’8 E, the position of the boat in distress. Italian military aircraft informs it is a rubber boat with approx. 50 people and it urgently needs assistance. The aircraft informs it has shot one SAR kit from their aircraft. The merchant ship confirms it will need 4 hours to reach the requested position.
September 23, 2018 19:12